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I usually have pretty high academic standards (A-B) but recently my high school marks have dropped. I'm in my Junior Year and to me it seems like the material itself isn't hard, but there is a lot of it and there's my problem. I can't seem to get motivated to do it. I really need to study for math, which is usually one of my best subjects, because I currently have a C+ in it, my problem is that whenever I sit down to study, something else draws my attention. Usually I let it, I'll play around with my butterfly knife, practice juggling, even play a round of a computer game, then try to get back to work. The problem is that when I get back to work, I'm immediately distracted again. I've tried to just power through my urge to sidetrack, but after about 10 minutes of shaky work, my imagination takes over and I can't keep working. I've tried working in my room, in the family room, in the office, but in all of those places, there is something that I can play around with. My last resort is soon going to be caffeine, via coffee, to keep myself focused, but I'm hoping that someone out there will have a better solution. Please help me if you can.
 

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I usually have pretty high academic standards (A-B) but recently my high school marks have dropped. I'm in my Junior Year and to me it seems like the material itself isn't hard, but there is a lot of it and there's my problem. I can't seem to get motivated to do it. I really need to study for math, which is usually one of my best subjects, because I currently have a C+ in it, my problem is that whenever I sit down to study, something else draws my attention. Usually I let it, I'll play around with my butterfly knife, practice juggling, even play a round of a computer game, then try to get back to work. The problem is that when I get back to work, I'm immediately distracted again. I've tried to just power through my urge to sidetrack, but after about 10 minutes of shaky work, my imagination takes over and I can't keep working. I've tried working in my room, in the family room, in the office, but in all of those places, there is something that I can play around with. My last resort is soon going to be caffeine, via coffee, to keep myself focused, but I'm hoping that someone out there will have a better solution. Please help me if you can.
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I remember this. I could never find a way to focus and do book work. If I can break it into manageable chunks I could finish homework.

Like, break it into 2-minute bites. First I need to define variables, see if I can do that in under 2 minutes and then play with this toy for another 5.. next I need to write the equation, do it quickly and then play with this other thing for a bit...

seriously. Classroom work is not our bag, it is monstrous evil sent forth to make us feel weak
 

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I'm in my last 2 months of senior year and I despise high school. It cookie cuts kids and is rather uninteresting. It's so mundane and easy that I'm too bored to try and get all A's.
 

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I had that same issue my last 2 years of high school. Lucky for me I only went to school every other day for my last year. Still dealing with the same thing in college. Its not that its a lot shit is just boring and uninteresting.
 

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aye... i know that.
i don't have troubles studying for practical classes like programming and maths. learning by doing is fine. but my grades in exams that would need me to learn by heart... ugh. i'm just happy i have good short-time memory. i read through it 2 times before exams and manage to only just not fail. usually.
 

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I did my homework at school, usually at lunch or in other classes/free periods. No way was I going to waste my fun time doing monotonous busy-work.

I actually did better in school when the teacher would hand me the whole curriculum and fuck off, leaving me to my devices. I did a semester's worth of web design and environmental studies in one week when they just gave me the material.

I absolutely HATE forced monotony.
 

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The problem is that public school is set up for the lowest common denominator, and half of everybody you meet is below average. That sets the bar pretty low.
 

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I usually do best when I have someone to compete against, right now I'm trying to make this INTJ feel dumb. Usually I dont give a fuck about subjects that dont interest me, so my marks wouldn't be that great. But recently I've actually been trying, and it really messes with him. He thinks he just got beat by a dumb-ass. It's kind of like what Jim does to Dwight in the office. But I actually like him, its just funny.
 

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I did my homework at school, usually at lunch or in other classes/free periods. No way was I going to waste my fun time doing monotonous busy-work.

I actually did better in school when the teacher would hand me the whole curriculum and fuck off, leaving me to my devices. I did a semester's worth of web design and environmental studies in one week when they just gave me the material.

I absolutely HATE forced monotony.
And that's why homeschooling was so good for me. The whole plan was laid out and I could do as much as I wanted, there was clear progress and a practical goal ( to finish the plan).

I'm having the same problem in college right now. But for me, it's that most of the work is busy work and there's no end to it. I'm considering getting an egg timer or something so I can divide up my time between fun and work. I need something that'll MAKE me get back to work after I start playing.

I've also found that changing my location helps me stay on track more. For example, going to a cafe for lunch and staying until homework is done. There are fewer enticing distractions and I'm stuck there until I get done. And if annoying people come in there's that much more incentive to get done earlier.
 

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A big part of the problem is you are assuming "education" has anything to do with getting an education.

"You can't make socialists out of individualists. Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming, where everyone is interdependent"
~John Dewey, "The father of modern education"

ISTPs don't make good cogs.
 

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I also had motivational issues with these meaningless tasks. So I tried to find out what motivates me. Ti motivates me to gather knowledge, Se motivates me to do whatever is important in the moment and Ni motivates me to make long term plans. Not very useful. But Fe motivates us to do things that would improve our social value in the eyes of others.

So next time when you feel distracted, ask yourself this question:
Would this distraction help me get more sex?
Let's repeat it to emphasize it a little:
Would this distraction help me get more sex?
The answer is probably not. Would doing your homework help you get more action then? Let's think about it.
Doing your homework helps your finish your education. Educated people get good jobs. People with good jobs get more money.
Do you care much about money? No. Do hot babes find powerful men with lots of money attractive? Yes. Hot babes can give you lots of sex. Therefore, doing your homework leads to lots of sex.

I think I just motivated someone.
 
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Would doing your homework help you get more action then? Let's think about it.
Doing your homework helps your finish your education. Educated people get good jobs. People with good jobs get more money.
Do you care much about money? No. Do hot babes find powerful men with lots of money attractive? Yes. Hot babes can give you lots of sex. Therefore, doing your homework leads to lots of sex.

I think I just motivated someone.
It could be one of the first and best steps to getting there. There's too much uncertainty with that, though. Not sure if any of you can relate, but I find that my chronic motivational problems come from being uncertain that the busy work and jumping through hoops will actually pay off. And even if the work is easy, it's still mostly filler. It's a shame you really have to trick your brain into doing it at all.
 

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It's a shame you really have to trick your brain into doing it at all.
Tricking your brain works. It's all about perception.
 

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Thanks for all the advice, I'm trying a system of hour long work periods with half hour recreational breaks in between and one half hour long break for showering and chores. Hopefully this will work.
 
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